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Type 1 diabetes

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Introduction
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes
Some diabetes symptoms are common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Each type also has its own particular symptoms.
Causes of type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood.
Diagnosing type 1 diabetes
Diabetes needs to be diagnosed as early as possible so that treatment can be started. Visit your GP as soon as possible if you have the symptoms of diabetes.
Treating type 1 diabetes
Treatment for diabetes aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible and to control your symptoms to prevent health problems developing later in life.
Complications caused by diabetes
If diabetes is not treated, it can lead to a number of different health problems. High glucose levels can damage blood vessels, nerves and organs.
Living with type 1 diabetes
If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to look after your health very carefully. Caring for your health will also make treating your diabetes easier.
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